Sunday, March 12, 2006

Out of the mouths of babes ...

I'm as much in favor of encouraging reading as anyone. But this quote from a post on Grumpy Old Bookman is unsettling: "The Observer takes pleasure in informing us that eight-year-old Adora Sitvak is on her way over here to encourage British kids to read and write." Michael Allen has more to say in More about child prodigies.
It already bothers me that, more and more, kids aren't allowed to have any childhood. I am so grateful that, when I was a child, I was largely left alone by my elders (I am also lucky that I was able to spend as much time as I did with my older brother's buddies).


  1. I agree. We have five children and they are children much to their delight and ours. They're not budding geniuses carted from one rigorous after-school activity to another in order to impress other parents while being neglected in the things that really matter, like, say, behavior or affection.

    That's not to say they are not expected to pull their weight. With so many children and so little time, they are asked to help with chores and we pay them for their work ... not with pocket money, but with points - 50 points for doing the dishes, for example, which they are encouraged to save. If at some time they desperately want to buy a game or something, they can. But they are not given money for nothing, our theory being that the sooner they learn that there is no such thing as a free lunch, the better it is for them.

  2. Sounds like a good way to raise kids to me.